OK, Quilters! Start Your Sewing Machines!

One of my sons loves to race cars. So I’m kind of comparing this “start” to one of his races. Of course this is not a race! But even if he has no chance of winning he still loves to race just for the fun of it. I have to admit that I’m a proud mama and over the years he has had his share of trophies. And some of us do the same. Some enter their quilts to win a prize and some enter knowing there is no chance to win. Most of us quilt just for the fun of it! I’m one of those. I rarely submit my quilt in a show. I love seeing when one of you do and get a ribbon! My heart says “Yayee!” I have to say doing this mystery quilt every year has been just fun for me. So now I say………well before I say that, I want to welcome all the new comers to this site! I guess some might say I’ve been discovered! Ha!Ha! Scary thought! It took about seven years to reach 1000 Facebook followers to the beginning of last December. However, about 250 people have jumped on this bandwagon in the last month! I don’t know how you found me but come on in and join the fun! Welcome!!!

OK, so now I can say it………..Quilters! Start your machines!!! Go Scrappy Quilts!! The 2020 Scrap Fantasy Medallion Mystery Quilt is about to begin!!!

Before we begin I am going to repeat the instructions from the last post about fabric/color/pattern selection:

I chose a light gray blender for my inside background fabric and charcoal gray blender for the outside background. Any two background colors will work if you like them together…….even prints, I suppose, as long as they aren’t too busy. Contrast is important. Make sure your piecing colors are intense enough so you don’t lose the pattern of the block. I used white to accent and bring focus to the block itself. Other colors could be used depending on your choice of inside and outside background fabrics.

You are going to need 24 sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ colored squares cut on one diagonal. Each set should be of the same color and value. So………that means each set may consist of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares all the same fabric or different fabrics…….or made up of different half square triangles…..8 to be exact. Or any combination of the above. I have some with all the same fabric, some with a couple fabrics, some with multiple sets of different half square triangles. What an opportunity to use all those odd balls! The only real importance is that they all be the same color and value. And, no, I don’t mean they must all (24 sets) be the same color. Have a wide range of colors……assorted colored sets – the more the merrier and scrappier!! OK, let’s go!!!

2020 Scrap Fantasy Medallion – Clue #1

Finished Size which includes a 6″ border is 83″ square.

For the confident beginner to intermediate quilter

Fabric Requirements:

White Fabric:

  • 4 – 3 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 32 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 32 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal

Assorted Colored Fabrics:

  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 80 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles
  • 12 – assorted 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 4 matching sets of 2 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 24 matching sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal (see above for explanation)
  • 24 – 4 1/4″ squares
  • 4 – 3″ squares

Inside Background ( 3 yds.)

  • 4 – 3″ wof (width of fabric) strips at least 44″ long
  • 48 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 68 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 80 – 3 1/4″ squares
  • 20 – 6 1/2″ squares cut on both diagonals

Outside Background (3 yds. includes plenty for border and binding)

  • 8 – 1 7/8″ wof strips at least 44″ long
  • 2 – 8 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 16 – 8 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals

Clue #1

  1. Using 1 – 3″ colored square and 1 – white 3 3/4″ square that has been cut on both diagonals. Sew one white section to each side of the colored square as shown. Press. Trim off dog ears and square to 4″. Make 4.

2. Using one set of matching 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles, sew one 2 1/2″x 4″ to the top and bottom of the above unit as shown. Sew one 2 1/2″ colored square to both ends of the 2 remaining rectangles. Sew to opposite sides as shown. Press and trim to 8″ squares. Repeat with the other 3 square in a square units.

3. Using 4 matching 3 1/2″ colored HST (Half Square Triangles) Sew to 4 Inside Background 3 1/2″ HSTs. Press and trim to 3 1/4″ square as shown. Make 4.

4. Using 8 matching 3 1/2″ HSTs. Sew one to each side of the colored HST as shown. Repeat with the remaining three.

5. Sew one section to each side of the above block as shown. Press and trim to 11″ square. Make 4 blocks. Set aside.

TIP: Fold the block in half and finger press to give placement for the center point.

6.  Using 4 1/4″ colored squares, sew 1 – 3 1/2″ inside background HST to opposite sides as shown. Press to the outside.  Sew additional 3 1/2″ inside background HSTs to the remaining two sides to make a square in a square block.  Press and trim to 5 3/4″ if needed.  Make 24.  Set aside.

That’s all for now! Have fun! See you next month! The next clue will be on Feb. 12th sometime when I get to posting! LOL!

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.

PLEASE DO NOT SHARE THIS INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK.

Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2020 Charlotte Hawkes. All rights reserved.

Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern whether or not you profit from it.

Check One Off My Bucket List

Well, have you never made a medallion quilt? Me neither! So what better opportunity is there for me to force myself to make one than with this years mystery quilt! Yup, this year there may be a somewhat different format than the previous mysteries that I have done. Although I haven’t quite decided how the clues will progress. Should we just make the bones of this quilt first or should we put it together as we go or a combination of both? I guess you’ll just have to wait until January to find out! Hee! Hee! My devious methods should still keep you guessing…….what is she up to!!???!!

And so, my Scrap Fantasy Medallion 2020 mystery was born! I hope you all read this all the way down and don’t just skip to the “recipe” because there is some info that you might find helpful.

First, I want to welcome the newbies that have joined my site both here and on Facebook. My main object is to have fun with scraps and make something interesting and useful out of bits of fabric that would just otherwise go to waste. I try not to make this rocket science but if you have a question please feel free to post it on Facebook – MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I check there just about every day.

As some of you know, I save/collect a multitude of scrap sizes……both squares and half square triangles. Designing this quilt gave me an opportunity to set down with my 3 1/2″ bin and sort through it. Our poor scrap piles don’t get the petting and love that our fat quarters, yardage and bolts get. So I took some time sorting and remembering, petting and smoothing those poor little squares and HST’s that have been languishing in their little bin just waiting for a chance to make the big time and be in a real quilt.

I chose a light gray blender for my inside background fabric and charcoal gray blender for the outside background. Any two background colors will work if you like them together…….even prints, I suppose, as long as they aren’t too busy. Contrast is important. Make sure your piecing colors are intense enough so you don’t lose the pattern of the block. I used white to accent and bring focus to the block itself. Other colors could be used depending on your choice of inside and outside background fabrics.

You are going to need 24 sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ colored squares cut on one diagonal. Each set should be of the same color and value. So………that means each set may consist of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares all the same fabric or different fabrics…….or made up of different half square triangles…..8 to be exact. Or any combination of the above. I have some with all the same fabric, some with a couple fabrics, some with multiple sets of different half square triangles. What an opportunity to use all those odd balls! The only real importance is that they all be the same color and value. And, no, I don’t mean they must all (24 sets) be the same color. Have a wide range of colors……assorted colored sets – the more the merrier and scrappier!! OK, let’s go!!!

Scrap Fantasy Medallion

Fabric Requirements:

White Fabric:

  • 4 – 3 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 32 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 32 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal

Assorted Colored Fabrics:

  • 16 – 4″ squares cut on both diagonals
  • 80 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ squares
  • 4 matching sets of 4 – 2 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles
  • 12 – assorted 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 4 matching sets of 2 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 24 matching sets of 4 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal (see above for explanation)
  • 24 – 4 1/4″ squares
  • 4 – 3″ squares

Inside Background ( 3 yds.)

  • 4 – 3″ wof (width of fabric) strips at least 44″ long
  • 48 – 1 7/8″ squares
  • 68 – 3 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 80 – 3 1/4″ squares
  • 20 – 6 1/2″ squares cut on both diagonals

Outside Background (3 yds. includes plenty for border and binding)

  • 8 – 1 7/8″ wof strips at least 44″ long
  • 2 – 8 1/2″ squares cut on one diagonal
  • 16 – 8 3/4″ squares cut on both diagonals

Sew! Enjoy the Holidays! January and the first clue will be here before you know it………..Happy Quilting!

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.

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Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2019 Charlotte Hawkes. All rights reserved.

Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern whether or not you profit from it.

Ready for a New Scrappy Mystery? Who’s Game?

Well, this has been quite a year for me!!!  To say the least!!!  I found a new love, sold my house, bought another, moved in and then I got married!!!  Exhausting!!!  But worth it!  So I guess I shouldn’t have to apologize too much for being late with the requirements for a new scrappy mystery quilt.  I usually have the cutting requirements out in September but this year it just didn’t happen.  Hopefully, you are all still with me and ready to get started.  The clues will begin in January as usual.  I’m sorry to say that I haven’t figured out why some automatically get the blog post and others do not.  I will post on Facebook when there is new news.

I looked at my scrap bins and saw a few spots that were sooooo overloaded so I designed this quilt around them.  This Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt is a scrap buster for sure!  And these scraps have ATTITUDE!  Good for confident beginners on up. It has plenty of scrapiness and yet enough free space to embellish with quilting to make you and/or your longarmer happy.  It will work with any color background….light or dark.  I chose a creamy beige color this time.  Your colored scraps should give contrast to your background so if you choose a dark background make sure you have lighter brighter scraps.  If you have a lighter background use darker, bright scraps.  Remember contrast and diversity is the key!  So here it goes……. the 2019 Mystery Quilt………… by yours truly……..Charlotte Hawkes:

A Handy Dandy Scrap Quilt 

Cutting Requirements:

My EQ software says you will need approximately 4 yds. of 45″ background fabric but I think that measurement is quite generous.  This quilt has a scrappy border.  You may make it without a border but it needs one in my humble opinion.  The inside with NO border measures 60″ x 82″….with the border measures 80″ x 97″.  If you make no border you will need less background fabric.

White (can be scrappy) Fabric

40  –  2 7/8″ squares cut on one diagonal to make 80 HST (Half Square Triangles)

40  –  3 1/4″ squares cut on one diagonal

Assorted Medium to Dark Colored Fabric

192  –  1 1/2″ squares

31 – 2″ squares

169  –  2 1/2″ squares

168  –   2 7/8″ squares cut on one diagonal to make 336 HST (Half Square Triangles)

96  –  1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles

80  –  2″ x 2 1/2 rectangles

160  –  2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles

20 pairs (2 the same – 40 total) –  3 1/4″ squares cut on one diagonal

Background Fabric

64  –  4 7/8″ squares cut on one diagonal to make 128 HST (Half Square Triangles)

4  –  15 1/2″ squares cut on both diagonals

2  –  8″ squares cut on one diagonal

If you make the border you will need to cut 8 – 5″ width of fabric strips.

Borders

The border that I have chosen uses additional 2″ squares, 2″ x 2 1/2 rectangles and 2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles.  You may choose to use random  2″ strips in 4″, 6″, or 8″ lengths.  Amounts will vary depending on what you use.  This is an excellent way to use up those scraps! Cut them or not……you decide.  But the more color and diversity you have, the more Attitude your quilt will have!  No Ho Hum scrappy quilts for me!  I like all the color and POP that I can get!  I finished the top today…….done! …….just needs quilting now!  And I’m loving the way this one is turning out!!!

As usual, PLEASE do not post these instructions on Facebook.  I ask that you send people here to the website for information.  If you have not joined in the fun on Facebook, check me out at MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte. I love seeing all your hard work and getting to chat with you a bit.

The first clue will be out on January 8th.  Have fun and Happy Quilting!

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Please feel free to direct others to this website for the information and clues. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2018 Charlotte Hawkes. All rights reserved.

Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern

whether or not you profit from it.

We’ve Got Em Surrounded!

On October 17, 1777, British General John Burgoyne was surrounded and surrendered in the Battle of Saratoga.  This was said to be the turning point of the American Revolution.  The Burgoyne Surrounded quilt pattern symbolically represents the event of the Americans circling around the British and breaking through the British lines.  “Surrounded by Scraps” is an adaptation of the this old traditional pattern.  So……. Congratulations!  You have persisted……..broken through heaps of scraps…….and you won!  Some of you whined about all the little pieces (ahem). Listen.  This was easy peasy….no flying geese, no points, no weird angles or curves and no set on point!   But, I hope you have had fun on this journey with me.  Thank you all for your comments, your pictures on Facebook, your encouragement and your dedication to taming that growing scrap pile!  Ok, down to business!!  Let’s get this bad boy put together!  Here is the last clue:

Surrounded by Scraps  –  Clue #4

 Using the sections below, sew one to opposite sides of each of the 12 (20) center squares.

Sew the remaining sections below as shown.  You should have 24 (40) when finished.

Place one section on top and bottom of the center section and sew together to make 12 (20) blocks.

Lay blocks out side by side.  Sew together using 1 1/2″ x 17″ sashing pieces and the remaining 1 1/2″ colored squares for cornerstones.  You should have enough background fabric to make a 5″ border.  I’m thinking that I’m going to make….OH NO!!!!…..more silly little nine patches to make my border wider so that has more drop for my bed.  AND I’ll probably need ANOTHER boat load of 1 1/2″ squares for that!

Since my backyard is still a muddy mess and I have no place to display my quilt with decent lighting, I laid it out on the last snowfall that we had so you could see the reveal.   I look forward to seeing yours on Facebook  –  MakingScrappyQuiltsWithCharlotte.  If you haven’t joined yet…..come see!  I’d love to see your progress and posts!  So until next time………..Happy Quilting!

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2017 Charlotte Hawkes. All rights reserved.

Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern whether or not you profit from it.

Stuff Happens and Then There’s a Clue!

Those of you who aren’t on Facebook are probably wondering why there was no clue last week.  Well, last Wednesday when I was working on the clue, we started having a wind storm.  And this wasn’t just your average windstorm………This was gusts up to 80 mph and continued for about 5 hours.  I looked out my window and there were tractor trailer trucks stopped in front of my house.  Cars were turning around in the street.  A tree had blown down on top of a tractor trailer truck, knocking down the wires and blocking both sides of the road.  Everything east of the tree was down and had no power.  Luckily I kept power but the cable was gone.  No cable = no internet, so there went your clue.  The storm raged and 130,000 people in my area lost electric.  Some are still out.  Trees and poles came down everywhere.  Traffic lights weren’t working and some even came crashing down. Crews have come from all over to help get power lines back up and working.  Yesterday my cable was restored.  And I have TV, yayee!   Now we are under a winter storm warning that may land us up to 2 feet of snow! Oye!  Up until now we’ve had a mild winter with some really warm weather.  My crocus are blooming!  They’re frozen and confused!  Crazy, crazy weather!  I’m ready for Spring!!!

So, sorry about the delay but there was nothing to be done but wait!  And what do they say?……good things come to those that wait?  Well, I hope this is good and worth your wait!

Surrounded By Scraps  –  Clue #3

Choose 4 –  3 1/2″ assorted colored squares, arrange and sew 2 together with a background 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle, twice. Press to the background.   Sew 2 –  1 1/2″x 3 1/2″ background rectangles with one 1 1/2″ colored square as shown below. Press to the background.   Assemble together as shown below to make a 7 1/2″ square.  Press. Make 12 (20).

Using the four patches that were made previously, sew on 3 1/2″x 2 1/2″ background rectangle to  one side of the four patch.  These are direction specific so make sure that half of your units have the colored patch to the top left and half of the units are to the bottom left, as shown below.  Press to the background.   You should have 24 (40) of each.

Using the nine patches that were made previously, sew one 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background rectangle to the side of one nine patch, as shown below.  Press to the background fabric.  Make 48 (80).

Using the four patch units and the nine patch units, sew together as shown.  Press to the four patch unit side.  You should have 24 (40) righties and 24 (40) lefties.

OK, I know you will be chomping at the bit to put this block together!  But don’t get ahead of me here!  Just remember……good things come to those who wait!  LOL!  I know…….April 12th seems so far away……….  But it will be Spring!  I hope!!!!  And the mystery will be revealed!  Ah Hah!  As always, Have fun and keep quilting!

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

© 2017 Charlotte Hawkes. All rights reserved.

Written permission is required to copy and/or distribute copies of this pattern whether or not you profit from it.

Some Thoughts and, of course,…….Clue #2

The other day when I posted my scrap organization system, I told you that I save a lot of different size squares.  I didn’t want to scare you off.  So what I didn’t say is that I save them in 1/4″ increments from 1 1/2″ to 6″.  I also save some 3/8″ and 7/8″ sizes of a few squares that I find come in handy for making half square triangles. You have a multitude of possibilities with your sorted and cut scrap stash. Here are a few ideas to use those sizes. If a pattern calls for several squares of the same fabric, I cut up the larger squares.  I’m working on one now that calls for 8- 3″ squares that need to be the same.  I sorted through my 6″ blocks finding doubles and cut them up. I have 8 – 3″ squares just like that!  And what fun I have sorting for doubles!  There’s that chance to pet, fondle and remember again!  When I find too many of an odd size square that never seems to get used, sew them end to end and use as sashing or as a border or IN a border.   WHALA!  You’ve created some brand new interest and added some pizzaz!  And cornerstones!!!  They all come in handy for that!  Make your sashing fit the size of your cornerstone!  Who says the sashing has to be 2 1/2″?  Be creative!  Got a pattern that uses a 4 patch?  Do some math and make it a 9 patch of smaller squares, or a 16 patch!!  Have some fun!  I love figuring out “Just What Can I Do With ALL These Scraps?!!!”

OK, You’ve been very patient!  Well, at least some of you have……..you know who you are!  Lol!  So here’s Clue #2.  Remember the larger size is in ( ).  Also, I used one colored fabric for the pieces used below in part 2.  I commented that if I had to do it over I would use assorted colors.  Some of you have chosen to do that.  If you are using one fabric you may cut and sew strips to use a short cut.  Otherwise you are doing it the long way.  Sorry, I don’t want you to be confused.

Surrounded by Scraps  –  Clue #2

1. Using one 1 1/2″ background square and one 1 1/2″ assorted colored square, sew together and press to the dark side. Make 48 (80).

2.  Sew one 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ background section and one 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ assorted colored section together  as shown.  Press to the dark side.   You will need 96 (160).  If you are using a single contrasting fabric you may cut 1 1/2″ strips, sewn together lengthwise to 1 1/2″ background strips and cut to 3 1/2″ bricks (3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″). 

3.  Sew one brick to each side of the two-patch made in #1.  Make sure that the colored square lines up with the background color as shown. Should measure 2 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ Press to the center.  Make 48 (80).

4.  Sew one  3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ background section lengthwise to the colored side of the above piece.  Should measure 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″.  Press to the background side.   Make 48 (80).

Next clue will be on March 8th at 7pm EST.  As always, have fun and Happy Quilting!

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(Drum Roll……….) Here goes!

Well, I guess we’re ready!  At least as ready as we’re gonna get!  But first, I want to tell you about my new find.  I do a lot of black stitching on black fabric.  My machine has a light but it’s really hard to see those black stitches.  A friend of mine “enlightened” (HaHa, I like that!)  me to an LED light strip that you can attach to your machine.  It has a sticky backing so you can position it to get the most light exactly where you need it. It is plenty long enough and you can easily cut off the extra length that you don’t need.  I’ve tried other lights and there always seems to be a shadow and although they help they’ve never quite cut it for me.  This light is bright and gives me no shadow!  But it has a dimmer so if you are working on really bright fabrics it is more pleasing to your eyes.  At least it worked that way for me.  I found it on Amazon  –  Bonlux Sewing Machine LED Lighting Kit, Machine Working Led Lights Attachable LED Sewing Light Strip Kit – Fits All Sewing Machine.  And the price was very reasonable – $19.99.  I will be buying 2 more soon for my other machines.  I don’t know how I sewed without it before.  Love it!

Before

After!

 

OK, so here we go with the first clue.  Warning:  this clue may be somewhat boring but we need to grow the bones for this mystery.  Remember, there are two sizes offered here with the large size in ( ).  My background is black so substitute your background color for mine.  We will be making 4 patches and 9 patches, as shown, –  48 of each, and  (80 of each).  As always…….no need to matchy match here.  Just use as many different colors, patterns, fabrics as you can.  Variety and no duplication will give you the best look. ( Yup, those are Christmas gingerbread boys!  I use it all!  Go wild!  Have fun with it!)   Flip and nest the seam allowance to reduce bulk.  Press to your darkest side.  When finished, 4 patches should measure 2 1/2″ square and 9 patches should measure 3 1/2″ square.

Next clue will be on February 8th at 7pm EST.  As always, have fun and Happy Quilting!

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Time to Get This Show on the Road!

Hello Quilters!

Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I posted.  Thank you all for hanging in there with me.  For those who don’t follow me on Facebook, a lot has happened in the past few months.  My husband passed away suddenly the beginning of November.  Just before that I was notified that my “ScrapitudeQuilts” was in violation of a trademark infringement.  So, after trying to get some order back into my life, I will be changing the name of this website.  My son will switching things over and he tells me that “it will go seamlessly.”  So hopefully, I won’t lose any of you in the process.  I have already changed the Facebook site to “MakingScrappyQuiltsWith Charlotte.”  Check it out if you haven’t already.

OK, so now down to the fun stuff.  YIKES! I’m Surrounded by Scraps!  How’s that for a quilt name?!?  Yes, Surrounded by Scraps is the new mystery that we will be starting in January.  Some of you know you need a “boatload” of 1 1/2″ squares but I figured I should probably give you better numbers than that so here goes:

2017 Mystery Quilt 

 Surrounded By Scraps  by Charlotte Hawkes

This quilt is being offered in two sizes.  small (approx. 67″ x 85.5″ includes a 5″ border)  and large (approx. 85.5″ x 104″ include a 5″ border).  Instructions will be given with the amounts for the large size (in).  Background fabrics can be all the same fabric or scrappy as long as they are the same color and/or value.  I have used black as my background but any color will do as long as you remember to have good contrast between your background fabric and your colored squares.

48  (80)  –  3 1/2″ assorted colored squares

396  (678)  –  1 1/2″ assorted colored squares

336  (560  –  1 1/2″ background squares

48  (80)  –  3 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ background blocks

96  (160)  –  3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ background blocks

144  (240)  –  3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ background blocks

96  (160)  –  3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ assorted colored blocks (Note:  You may choose to use one contrasting fabric instead of the assorted blocks.  You will need 1/2 yd for the small size and 3/4 yd. for the large size.)  I used a medium blue in mine but now I wish I had used scrappy.  It would have been more awesome!!!

23  (34)  –  1 1/2″ x 17″  background sashing strips

Total amount of background yardage  –  6 yds for small and 8 yds. for large

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The first clue will escape on January 11th at 7:00 EST.  Stay tuned!

Oye! And it Snowed AGAIN! – Clue #4

This winter just keeps dragging on!  Yes, it was snowing when we went to bed the other night but the good news was that it had miraculously melted by morning with temps in the 40’s.  Crazy weather! I hope that offering was the last of the white stuff until next winter!  Enuf Already!!!!  But the real good news is that Clue #4 is here.  I debated if or how I could drag this out another month but it just wasn’t happening.  So not only do you get Clue #4……..the last clue…….but you also get the REVEAL!  How good is that!?  I love that so many of you are having fun with this mystery and I love seeing your progress on Facebook.  Thank you from the bottom of my quilty heart for the joy and acceptance that you have bestowed on me.  I love putting these together!

Scrappy Stars Around the Corner  –  Clue #4

18.  Choose 12 – 3 1/2″ assorted medium to dark colored squares for the center of the blocks.  Using very light/light sections from the 4 1/4″ squares that have been cut on the diagonal, sew one section on top and bottom of the 3 1/2″ square.  Then sew one on each side, making a square in a square block (4 3/4″ sq.) as shown below.  Press and trim off dog ears.

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19.  Using the med/dark colored assorted 3 7/8″ squares that have been cut on the diagonal, sew one assorted section on each side of the above block the same as you did in #18.  Press and trim (6 1/2″ sq.).

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20.  Find the 48 sections that were made and set aside from #9 OR using sections from med/dark 4 1/4″ sq. cut on both diagonals, sew one section to two sides of  of very light/light 2 5/8″ square as shown below.2016-04-11 15.27.42

21.  Sew one section from #20 to each side of the unit in #19.


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22.  Sew one 3 7/8″ med/dark HST to two sides of med/dark 3 1/2″ square the same was as in #20.  Make 48.  Press away from the square, trim dog ears.

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23.Sew each section from #22 to each unit from #21.  Press and trim.  12 completed blocks (12 1/2″).


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24.  Lay out blocks as below using sashing, 2 1/2″ assorted cornerstones and assorted 2 7/8″ HST st the outside edge of the sashing.  Border as desired.

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And here is my Scrappy Stars Around the Corner….blowing in the wind!  I had a tough time getting a picture.  First, while the sun was still shining, I laid it out on the front hill but it kept blowing away.  So then I resorted to the neighbor’s clothesline and that was a little better but the nice sun was gone.  Now, it’s raining!  Well, at least it’s better than SNOW!!!  And of course, every picture that was fairly good had my thumb in the corner.  It’s hard to get good help around here….LOL!

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I purposely did not put a border on my quilt YET.  I have a few ideas that I am juggling around that I will share with you in the next few days.  Until then…….Happy Quilting!

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